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RE: Which direction do you spin the trailer brake adjuster?

Thanks so much!
wopachop 11/04/19 01:41pm Tech Issues
Which direction do you spin the trailer brake adjuster?

Going to try and talk my friend into letting me adjust the trailer brakes. Ideally i would inspect and grease the bearings but there is noway thats gonna happen before they go on a trip. I was the last one to tow the trailer and the brakes seemed weak. Full manual control wasnt doing much. I have a clamp meter and have read i want to see about 3a to each wheel. Which i will check later. Im pretty sure due to age the brakes need adjustment regardless. If im allowed, im just gonna jack each tire up and spin the adjustment until i hear scrapes, then back it off. Is that correct? Im worried the first wheel i do i might spin the wrong direction. Causing the brakes to be so loose that a component falls off. (no idea if thats possible or not) I would just pull the drum off but thats potential for the whole "why you messing with my stuff". Been watching videos but havnt come across one that shows the direction that tightens up the slack. If doing the driver side tires do i spin the little sucker upwards or downwards? Is the passenger side opposite? Thanks for any advice. I know we should grease bearings but this conversation comes up with all types of things. She thinks "if it aint broke dont touch it". While ive always been a fan of regular preventative maintenance.
wopachop 11/04/19 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Trouble with California

Like others mentioned it seems the inspection lady noticed your license plate and just did her job.
wopachop 10/21/19 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interior lights cauing Radio interference

Can you post a picture of your control center? You might be able to loosen a panel to gain access behind your radio and light switches. The wires to your lights switches are probably run next to the radio speaker wires. If you have cabinets its also possible to cut a small hole inside the cabinet to access the wires. My trailer had horrible interference. Was able to separate wires and use aluminum foil to try and shield them in spots. Like where the wires enter the roof. My installer ran all my wires through the same hole!! Do you like tinkering with electronics? You can buy LED constant current drivers and build your own leds. Its not cheap but it can be fun if you like that type of thing. Most parts are available from supply places like digi-key. Rest comes from ebay. Meanwell makes tiny LED drivers. You can buy CREE brand leds. Ebay has heat sinks and thermal glue. You end up with a very high quality light that is PWM dimmable. I made a bunch around 5 years ago. Gave some to camping buddies for a donation. Still have a lot of leftover material in the garage. Got to think prices have gone down since then. It was around $12 a light in material for a CREE light run off a meanwell driver.
wopachop 10/21/19 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water heater questions....

Might not want to open the pressure vent. Lots of plumbers over the years have told me to never touch them on residential water heaters.
wopachop 10/08/19 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wave 6 heater

I've been wanting one of those. Never used one. But plan was to point it at something big and then use a fan to blow that heat off the object and into the air.
wopachop 10/06/19 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Dog Chwing resistant entry mat

What about only pepper the edge where he chews? Might not be where humans or dogs actually step.
wopachop 10/06/19 11:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Wiring Question

I've never seen a toy hauler with a separate generator starting battery. Worse case scenario you jumpstart the genny using your truck.
wopachop 10/06/19 11:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding built in USB ports

Keep an eye on the USB specs. I believe you want at least 2.4a each. Adaptive fast charging is nice as well.
wopachop 10/05/19 03:10pm Truck Campers
Can of foam---where to spray?

Hey hey, just wanted to say, I got a can of foam and wonder where to spray? I found mouse holes and think no way!!! Are there other places they like to play? Can I insulate the exterior of my fridge in a clever way? ------ For real I have 2 small holes to fill at the front of my trailer. Mice were getting inside, climbing my walls and made it to my ceiling. Dont want to waste what's left in the can.
wopachop 10/04/19 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

My friend has a trailer with (2) 6v costco batteries. They are around 4 years old. Never seen an equalization charge. Ive asked many times to mess around with them and get shut down. Lets say one day im allowed to do the MEX 16v equalization charge like you taught me in a different thread. If i do charge them together at 16v and notice one battery bubbling stronger than the other, is it best to charge them individually? Since i have the ability to do so?
wopachop 09/29/19 03:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Yet another Onan running like **** thread. HELP!

Do you play guitar mr Funk or maybe your buddies do? You could gently feed small guitar strings through every port you have access to. While i hate cleaning carbs ive never met one i couldnt clear to make work. But also never disassembled an Onan carb. I have seen where small engine carbs can be cleaned over and over and over. Finally the small clog gets agitated enough to break free.
wopachop 09/29/19 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator Auto Light

Its yellow until you cover with a piece of electrical tape.
wopachop 09/29/19 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

I cant speak for snow driving but i do have a lot of experience in the dirt towing with 2wd. Its all about momentum and throttle control. There is a ratio between available traction, smoothness of the road, how much youre willing to beat up the truck and trailer, and how easily you can get pulled out if you do get stuck. If you one day skip the campground and find yourself on a dirt road, with nobody around for miles, you might be willing to attack the road a little bit faster and more rough than you would like. Just to get through and back onto hard packed dirt where you can regroup and form a plan. We camp pretty much exclusively on sand. My 02 F250 does ok and never had to drop air pressure. I have friends who drop down to 20psi and go camp on the really soft sand with 2wd towing toyhaulers.
wopachop 09/29/19 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: water water everywhere but not a drop to drink!

Might be cool for offroaders. Just to rinse off dust. Or to rinse off a dog. Seems like more and more kids are trying to live inside vans these days where fresh water is minimal.
wopachop 09/29/19 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

I'm not far from you if you ever want to equalize the 6v's individuality. But reading this morn is sounds like everything is ok.
wopachop 09/27/19 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic - Up or Down

Might look into fridge fans if you're still full timing by next summer. A fan inside the fridge and also at the roof hot air exit both help. My fridge like yours will be over 41F in spots. Especially the swinging door. No biggie if camping for a week but might spoil food that sits in there for months.
wopachop 09/26/19 06:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Hold down screws for RV walls

Thick CA glue is great to have on hand for all types of repairs. Fill the hole with super glue and drill a small pilot. Or put a tiny dab to make the hole slightly smaller.
wopachop 09/26/19 12:32am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

Roger that....150psi, check! Cuzzin Eddie outfit, check! Volcano eruption in 3...2...1
wopachop 09/24/19 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning out a DIY septic tank

It very well might have a DIY outlet baffle. I know I said it's a barrel with holes drilled. That's the story I was told years ago. Asked the homeowner again if metal or plastic and she didnt know. So maybe the holes are not true. I tried air pressure. Around 3psi. Not enough to register on a cheap pencil tire gauge. Air was leaking out the cap. It was just a quick test. Added teflon tape. Hit it again with a quick blast. I heard movement in the tank. Waited about an hour and unscrewed the cap. It was like holding your finger on a straw. Cap came off and water and air rushed down. Tank was full and overflowing when I screwed on the cap. Its clean looking water. No odor at all. I had filled the tank with hose water. I hear everyone that it's time for a new one. It takes around 20ish gallons and there is no time rush. So for now we can dump which isn't very often. Just means doing it in stages a couple times a day. It's weird how the 20 gallons will become available in half a day. Maybe it takes 20g at first and then only 10g after. Either way it seems to drain a small portion off rather quickly for something I think is absorbing into close to saturated soil. I'm still hoping enzyme and air pressure might clear out a soft clog if indeed its holes drilled in a barrel. Again no rush for the liquid to drain. So even 1 or 2 holes cleared lower in the barrel would help regain some capacity. Unless the barrels have disintegrated and filled with sand. I will sacrifice my cheasy endoscope at some point and feed it down the hole. To answer a fellas question there is no RV dump into the main septic. City water, no wells. Thanks to those with the helpful pics and info. I've been wanting to install a valve stem in the cap for months. People telling me no was the inspiration to finally do it!! Giving the enzyme a few weeks and then will test capacity with a 5gal bucket. Fill it to overflow and then try air pressure again. Wait another time period and check again. I think the endoscope would help answer lots of questions. Looking down the hole it's a double wye.
wopachop 09/23/19 10:38pm Tech Issues
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